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Lebanon: Anger mounts over economic crisis as politicians dawdle

Pharmacies went on strike and petrol stations rationed scarce fuel on Thursday across Lebanon as public anger over an accelerating economic collapse intensified with little sign of an end to a high-level political standoff. Politicians have since late 2019 failed to agree on a rescue plan to unlock foreign cash that Lebanon desperately needs. “We are really looking at the ...

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Lebanon’s forgotten space programme

By: Richard Hooper During the 1960s, the US and the Soviet Union competed for supremacy in space. But there was another contestant in the race – the Lebanese Rocket Society, a science club from a university in Beirut and the subject of a recently released film. “My vision was to explore space – Lebanon could have done that.” Manoug Manougian’s ...

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Someone voted for Nabih Berri in the US election

Nabih Berri has become an unlikely contender in the US election. A photo shared to social media shows someone voted for the Lebanese politician instead of Donald Trump or Joe Biden. ‘الانتخابات منتهية من قلب أميركا’ the person tweeted. In English this translates to, “The election is over from the hearts of America”.  Americans will head to the polls today ...

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The European Union Opens Up Travel from Tunisia and Other Nations

Following a review under the recommendation on the gradual lifting of the temporary restrictions on non-essential travel into the EU, the Council updated the list of countries for which travel restrictions should be lifted. As stipulated in the Council recommendation, this list will continue to be reviewed regularly and, as the case may be, updated. Based on the criteria and ...

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Immigrazione, diminuniscono le partenze dalla Tunisia

Sull’emergenza immigrazione è intervenuto il deputato alla Camera Eugenio Saitta del Movimento Cinque Stelle che ha evidenziato l’azione diplomatica portata avanti dal ministro degli Esteri Luigi Di Maio con le autorità tunisine. “I siciliani meritano sicurezza e non possono essere gli unici a sobbarcarsi l’onere dell’accoglienza. In questo senso non possiamo non sottolineare positivamente l’azione diplomatica del ministro Di Maio. ...

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Foreign Interference in the Libyan Civil War: Is Libya Going Adrift?

The civil war in Libya is taking a distinct trajectory, full of uncertainty and risks. Between July 27 and 29, Saudi Arabia’s Foreign Minister Faisal bin Farhan al-Saud paid visits to Egypt, Tunisia, Algeria, and Morocco to discuss the Libyan crisis. The tours, official but unplanned, aimed at addressing the Libyan civil war’s challenges and exchanging views on the possible ...

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‘Early Elections’ Tops Consultations to Form New Tunisian Govt

Ennahda Movement’s Shura Council continues Sunday, for the second day in a row, its meetings in Hammamet city, northeastern Tunisia, to discuss scenarios for forming the next government. Meanwhile, three premises have been suggested on members of the Council, which is the movement’s highest decision-making authority. The first is joining a new government coalition that may bring it together with ...

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Aguila Saleh’s visit to Algeria raises questions about his agenda and that of hosts

ALGIERS–The Speaker of the Libyan Parliament, Aguila Saleh, arrived in the Algerian capital on Saturday for an unscheduled visit, at a time when Algerian President Abdelmadjid Tebboune renewed his country’s desire to play a mediating role between the opposed factions in the Libyan crisis. The Speaker of the Libyan House of Representatives was received by his Algerian counterpart,  Slimane Chenine, ...

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US Bill Against Cuban ‘Doctor Trafficking’ Could Impact Algeria

A US senator introduced a new bill on June 17 targeting countries that hire Cuban doctors through the island country’s “medical missions,” less than one month after Algeria publicized its involvement in the practice. The bill, titled “Cut Profits to the Cuban Regime Act,” requires the US State Department to publicize the list of countries that benefit from Cuba’s medical missions. An ...

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Post-lockdown recovery up in flames for Tunisia market vendors

TUNIS: It was the first day that the whole of the Tunis medina was open for business after nearly three months of lockdown, but market vendor Abdelaziz Talbi wasn’t working. He had nothing to sell. Three weeks earlier, just as Tunisia began easing its lockdown to allow some markets to open, the 67-year-old had lost his entire stock of clothes ...

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